In a mere 12 hours I will be with everyone in this photo, sharing glögg and my mother’s meatballs and my brother’s gingerbread cake. My sisters will have their children with them, and Christmas will feel like Christmas for a little while.
My presents are wrapped (just a few packages; nearly everything I give is baked or in the form of charitable donations). This year, I saved the pages from my Stendig calender all year long and used them as wrapping paper. I think I’ll do the same thing next year. (Which reminds me…I need to buy a new calender for 2009!)
The cookies are finally, finally done. This year I made chocolate-dipped shortbread fingers, lemon-poppy seed glazed balls, espresso shortbread, sugar pretzels, and jam thumbprints. Phew! Somehow, I managed to do this in addition to making great progress in my end-of-year renovation marathon. I do occasionally manage to impress myself and go to bed not feeling like a miserable failure, and this is one of those times.
Tomorrow morning I’ll prepare Janssons frestelse (my third year running!), pack everything up in the car, and we’ll head off to my mother’s house. Everything feels complete this time of year. I love that.
Happy Christmas to you!